E-learning modules/online resources for Early Years practitioners


Please see below a list of e-learning modules/online resources for Early Years practitioners to engage with:

The DCYA has launched a new webpage where you will find free, online CPD resources, developed and made available through the cooperation of a number of agencies. The resources are designed to support service planning and practitioners’ professional development. Further free, online CPD resources will be added to the web-page over the coming days and weeks.

The webpage includes templates for recording CPD activities carried out, to support services to demonstrate compliance with the requirement of the DCYA Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme that services should engage, where possible, in training and CPD during the closure period. See link below.  


Always Children First


  1. Child Protection for anyone who’s E-Cert is more than 1 year old 



Re:  Review Child Safeguarding Statements in the Early Learning and Care Sector.

If you require any support for you and your childcare team to review and update your Child Safeguarding Statements and how you might approach this during this time of isolation, please do not hesitate to contact Martina on 087 6767509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Aistear Siólta Practice Guide Activities

We would encourage you to view some of the podcast in each section prior to completing the activity sheets.  We do not expect you to print off the sheets; you can type or write the answers.  

  1. Activities under the Curriculum Foundations http://www.aistearsiolta.ie/en/Curriculum-Foundations/

See under Element 1, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Self-Evaluation Tools under each of the 6 Curriculum Pillars, relevant to the age group you work with







3. Learning Environments in the Early Years 


Food Safety




This website has 3 free introductory courses run by the Open University, 


Additional resources 

Happy Talk is a part of the HSE Speech and Language Therapy Service. Happy Talk seeks to support language, literacy and learning skills of young children.

Happy Talk Monster pack (4-8 years)